Friday, October 5, 2012

October 100 Carts Blog Hop


Welcome to Day One of Erica's October 100 cart Blog Hop! If you came from Claire's then you are in the right place. If not then you want to start @ so you don't miss a thing. As you can see we are all dressed in pink for Breast Cancer Awareness. It is so important to have your mammogram done yearly as well as performing monthly self breast examination. Here's hint: schedule your appointment around your birthday that way you don't forget to have it done.
     Now let's get down to business. I have some great projects using the following cartridges: Art Nouveau, Best Friends, Better Together and Baby Boutique. I also used Picturesque and Accent Essentials to complete my projects. First up is a card I made with Art Nouveau and Picturesque.
     I wanted to make a birthday card for my husband so this is what I came up with. I used the image on page 65 for the pheasant and cut it at 5" including all the layers. The gate is from Picturesque on page 69 and I cut it @ 3 3/4". The layers are so beautiful with these scrap papers that I didn't even have to do any inking. I think that is a first for me, lol.
     See what I mean about the layers? I even used a rose/pinkish color for around the eye. I did want to mention that the gate is cut from a piece of 6" x 6" wood like paper that Erica had sent me. I love those goodies she sends, it's like Christmas morning, lol. I do love to use my cuttlebug embossing folders to add a dimensional background. All you have to do then is add a little ink.
     I also have a cuttlebug die label set by Provo Craft so I made a sign to hang off the fence by using some twine from the Twinery. You can get these supplies in Erica's Store where she always has the greatest prices and a wide variety of products.
     It is hard to tell from this picture and I am a little backwards here but my base card is 4.25" wide by 5.50" tall in order for the pheasant to fit. I guess I am just too excited to show you my next 3 projects which I am sooo happy to share with you. Here ya go......
     Hair accessories! I bought an i-Top a long time ago and had yet to use it. I also had got these hair bands on sale @ Michael's in the clearance section and decided this was a perfect time to think outside the box and come up with something for them and, of course, use my Cricut! I started by making some crocheted flowers 
and then set about to make the brads as my flower "centers".
     If you have been following me then you know how much I love the CCR and my Imagine. I do have a gypsy and the CDS but some how I just feel quite comfortable with the CCR. The first thing I did was to pick a shape to work with. I used a flower shape from Accent Essentials at 2.25" in the blackout feature. Basically any flower shape will do as long as it has multiple petals so the extra fabric will tuck into the brad cover. Next you want to add another mat (layer) but keep your flower in the preview ( this will help to guide you as to the size and placement of your image). For this kitty image I used Best Friends Imagine cartridge on page 17. I used a printable fabric transfer paper as my base. I used the one by Avery.
     In the Imagine, I used each layer separately so I could use print only for the image layer then did the "flower" layer on cut only mode. The Imagine will print first and then unload the mat since you are doing them singularly. Reload the mat and cut the "flower". 
     I used the screw in brads since that is what the hair bands required but there are ones to make brads or buttons. Are you ready to see some more? How about alligator clips with cupcake brads???
     I like the sise of these crocheted flowers better and they go awesome with the cupcake brads. I did these the same way with the CCR and Imagine but this time I used the Better Together Imagine Cartridge.The cupcake is on page 5. Again I used the flower (for the base) this time @ 2" and the cupcake @ .75".
     When I print these I use the best quality. The image still looks some what lighter on the transfer fabric and I wasn't sure if it would hold up. That is why I applied 2 coats of Mod Podge gloss. By doing this the fabric seems to be softer and easier to work with plus I hope it makes it more water resistant. These are my grand daughter Mia's favorite! And lastly........
     I did the same technique but this time I used the crown from Teresa Collins Baby Boutique cart. These were sized the same as the cupcake. You can also add these to clips or any hair accessory.
     Sorry for such a long post but I would love for you to try these. They would make a great gift to have on hand or you could whip up a bunch as early Christmas/Chanukah or birthday presents.
     Be sure to check out Erica's Shop. She always has great prices and you can find all the carts I used for these projects there.
     Now it's time to head over to the lovely Lisa's and see what she is showcasing today. If you get lost along the way here is the line for today:

October hop line up


  1. MCCR
  2. Kathy  
  3. Shelley 
  4. Claire
  5. Mary 
  6. Lisa Chamberlain 
  7. Nadja  
  8. Janet 
  9. Jenn Lorist
  10. Erica's Projects
  11. Angie
  12. Heather  
  13. Robin 
  14. Teresa  
  15. Tammy    
  16. Cathy
  17. Lisa carrier 
  18. Jessica S 
  19. Blog Candy

Monday, October 1, 2012

A Wing And A Prayer

     Welcome fellow peeps! Today for My Cricut Craft Room's Design Team we were asked to create a card in honor of Guardian Angels so we had to use either an angel or add wings to our project. One of my twin daughters loves angels and since her Birthday is coming up real soon I decided to make her this card. Happy Birthday Christine!!!
     Before I proceed I wanted to be sure you knew Erica's team has been turning pink in honor of Breast cancer Awareness Month. We will all be and have been "dressed" in pink until October 15th. Please make sure you are screened for this disease. A simple mammography and monthly breast exams CAN save your life. So are you ready for my card? Of course you are,lol.
     Do I have your attention? Good!!! To make this card I used Recollections Cherry Blossoms for my background paper and Wild Card. This tri fold card is on page 32 and I cut it @ 4" in both blackout and the main card images. This is a beautiful base for any type of card you are making. I spot adhered the 2 layers with my ATG gun.
     I love this winged heart image I found in Imagine Baby Boutique. You can find it on page 3 and I cut it @ 1.7". I cut the images first as combined layers and then separate so I could use a set of wings for some dimension and the heart and crown to add dimension as well. I added Thistle stickles to the wings and Star Dust stickles to the crown.I used some Milled Lavender ink to the edge of the heart and added pop dots to the crown.
     I love the softness of this card so I decided to use some feathers. It seemed so appropriate with the wings. All I had left to do was to add some pink eyelets and ribbon. I also thought it would be great to add a charm. Even though my daughter and her husband live on the west coast, they are both always in our hearts.
     Sorry but I am not sure which stamp company this is from. I also want to show you what I did with a leftover layer from the BB image:
I added it to the inside. I will stamp a birthday greeting on this before sending it out.
     If you want to get any of these products that I used for this project then you will certainly want to check out Erica's Store. She has some great prices on carts as well as other supplies.
     Want to see more angel/wing inspiration? Then it's time you head back to My Cricut Craft Room and see what the rest of the team has to share. I hope you have a wonderful week!